Congratulations to the Regional Emergency Preparedness Champions!

May 12, 2014

Victoria, BC – Local emergency programs in the Capital Region engaged in the first annual PrepareAthon to coincide with Emergency Preparedness week! Local programs nominated one emergency “Champion” who displayed a commitment to emergency preparedness by being personally prepared and contributing to emergency management initiatives in their community.

The nominees for the “Emergency Preparedness Champion” were assessed by a panel of three judges: Carol Hamilton, Mayor of Colwood, Pat Quealey, Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management BC, and Paul Bruce, Acting Fire Chief for the City of Victoria. Applications were evaluated based on the extent and number of their emergency kits, and the extent of their involvement in emergency management in their community. Roselene Saleski of Saanich was deemed the Regional Emergency Preparedness Champion, with all candidates receiving prizes. Congratulations to all eight nominees:

  •  Mary Coward- Sooke
  • Jean Galvin – Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization
  • Cindy Heslop- View Royal/ Colwood
  • Angela Lavergne- Esquimalt
  • Dave Ranson- Oak Bay
  • Deborah Reid- Victoria
  • Rosalene Saleski - Saanich
  • Al Wickheim- Juan De Fuca

The event was coordinated by the Local Government Emergency Program Advisory Commission which is comprised of an emergency coordinator from each of the thirteen municipalities and three electoral areas. The Commission would like to thank the participants and volunteers for making all emergency preparedness week events a success and for their efforts to help make the region more prepared!

For more information on emergency preparedness in the Capital Region, visit